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Focus on ‘Wings’ actress Kate Dirrigl


emily-and-amy-101On stage now at Lab Theater is a remarkable production of Arthur Kopit’s Wings. Kate Dirrigl plays Amy, a patient, highly competent therapist who establishes a close and deep rapport with stroke veteran Emily Stilson and the members of her speech therapy group. She is a pleasure to watch as she continues to develop her acting skills with each new part she reprises.

Kate is excited to transition from dumb blond to doctor in the Lab’s production of Wings. Kate made her Lab Theater debut in last Christmas’ production of Jeff Goode’s highly-satirical The Eight: Reindeer Monologues, in which she played emily-and-amy-102Dancer, a ditzy, adorably clueless Jewish ex-ballerina who found refuge at the North Pole after it became illegal and downright unsafe for reindeer to dance the Nutcracker, Swan Lake and the other classics back in the day. Then she returned to The Lab as a blond-haired, blue-eyed shiksa girlfriend in Joshua Harmon’s Bad Jews. The stage direction included in Harmon’s script describes Melody as “like someone who would have been abducted when she was nine but returned to her parents unharmed.” Vacuous to a fault, when asked what type emily-and-amy-104of a name Melody is, she answers, “Oh, I don’t know, Caucasian?”

Kate has a B.A. degree in theater performance from the University of Texas Pan American, where she was involved in numerous plays, including Arsenic and Old Lace (in which she played Elaine Harper), Les Liaisons Dangereuses (in which she played Cecile Volanges) and Peter Pan (where she was both Captain Hook and Mrs. Darling). When she is not on stage, Kate works as a preschool group-session-101teacher for the Montessori School of Fort Myers.

November 12, 2016.


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